Countryside Crafts

  • Living willow chair workshopSunday 18 February 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course This workshop is for both beginners and those with some experience. Participants will work with a variety of coloured barked willows to create a living seat which will be taken home to plan in your garden. The weave will be a mixture of soaked and freshly coppiced willow from the tutor’s osier... (more info)
  • Willow garden supportsSaturday 24 March 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course The day will be spent creatively designing a variety of garden supports including obelisks, tepees, fan trellises, small hurdles and peony/delphinium supports. A host of creative opportunity alongside professional advice from the teacher on nearly every aspect of willow, planting of new osier beds, coppice rotation, grading, drying, soaking, traditional and modern... (more info)
  • Frame basketsTuesday 22 May 2018
    10am-4pm The course Make a willow frame basket using Somerset grown willow. Frame baskets are ideal for gathering and storing eggs and picking soft fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has have been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events and has been teaching willow workshops since early 2013. Participant information... (more info)
  • Willow plattersWednesday 28 March 2018
    2pm-4pm The course Make a willow platter using mixed types of willow, may be used for bread, biscuits, hot scones, fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has have been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events and has been teaching willow workshops since early 2013. Participant information The course takes place... (more info)
  • Willow plattersTuesday 10 April
    2pm-4pm The course Make a willow platter using mixed types of willow, may be used for bread, biscuits, hot scones, fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has have been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events and has been teaching willow workshops since early 2013. Participant information The course takes place... (more info)
  • Weave a rush basketSaturday 11 August 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course During the course, participants will have an opportunity to make their own woven rush storage basket using the indigenous common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris) harvested from the river Thames. Working on wooden formers, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a beautiful and useful container.... (more info)
  • Weave a rush matSunday 5th August 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush mat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. You will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique mat to treasure. The tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for... (more info)
  • Weave a rush hatFriday 10th August 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush hat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. Starting with your own custom-made hat block, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique hat to wear and treasure. The tutor... (more info)
  • Weave a rush bagSunday 12th August 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to weave your own rush bag using indigenous common bulrush, scirpus lacustris. Working on wooden blocks and using techniques common to basketry, each participant will complete a medium sized bag with optional handles. The tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for the past 10 years, making hats... (more info)
  • Corn dolly workshopSaturday 1 September 2018
    10am-5pm The course The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  During the day participants will learn:  about the materials used, how to prepare the materials,  a range of weaving techniques with  several different designs The... (more info)
  • Grass basketsFriday 7 September 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course Spend a day making a small coiled basket from grass. Learn about the types of grasses that can be harvested and how to process these. You will make a basket that is sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similarsized objects. After the day you will be looking at verges and... (more info)
  • Reed mace basketsSaturday 22 September 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course Spend a day making a small coiled basket from grass. Learn about the types of grasses that can be harvested and how to process these. You will make a basket that is sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similarsized objects. After the day you will be looking at verges and... (more info)